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Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the International University of Grand Bassam

First Lady, Dominique Ouattara Rewards New Graduates
First Lady, Dominique Ouattara Rewards New Graduates
First Lady, Dominique Ouattara Rewards New Graduates

The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara sponsored the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the International University of Grand Bassam and the 3rd graduation ceremony for the students of this university.

The ceremony took place in the auditorium of the Village of Information Technologies and Biotechnology (VITIB) of Grand-Bassam, on Thursday, August 03, 2017.

Several eminent personalities took part in the meeting, including the Vice-President, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Mrs. Bakayoko Ly Ramata, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mrs. Kandia Kamissoko Camara, Minister of National Education and Technical Training, Mr. Bruno Koné Nabagné, Minister of Communication, Digital Economy and the Post, Nanan Tanoé Désiré, King of N'Zima Kotoko and President of the Chamber of Kings and Traditional Chiefs, and of other personalities.

Indeed, 36 students from the International University of Grand Bassam received awrds from the hands of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara during this graduation ceremony.

Sponsor of the event, the wife of the Head of State held, long before, to reward the new graduates of the UIGB. To this end, she offered 36 laptops to the new graduates. Helping them to approach their new professional life with confidence. The value of this in-kind donation is estimated at 14,400,000 CFA francs.

Better, responding to the call of the Foundation of the International University of Grand Bassam based in the United States, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara decided to provide assistance for the education of students in difficult economic situation. Thus, the First Lady offered the sum of 10 million CFA francs to these students to enable them to ensure their schooling. She then offered 13,600,000 CFA francs to the students, the staff of the UIGB and the attending populations. The total value of donations in kind and in cash is estimated at 28 million CFA francs. Donations appreciated and welcomed by applause from students and students’ parents in the room.

After having stormed them with gifts, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara congratulated her godchildren. She distilled advice to them for their future professional life. "(...) I would like to tell you that you are the pride of your parents, your families and your teachers. I am very happy for you, and I congratulate you on this major accomplishment. (...) I am aware that to achieve this, you have had to show discipline and perseverance, so that your efforts today are rewarded. You are now called upon to make your contribution to the development of your country, and your diploma will open the door to a good professional career, "she said. For Mrs Dominique Ouattara, the training and values ​​inculcated at UIGB will surely make her godchildren leaders. That is why she has asked them to live up to the challenges they face. "I am certain that you will be able to live up to the challenges that will arise for you in the years to come. Your professionalism, your rigor and your dedication to the task, will make you the leaders of your generation in your respective countries, "she said.

Long before her speech, the honor was given to the Vice-President, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, to present the godmother to his godchildren. An opportunity for the Vice President to highlight all the actions taken by Mrs. Dominique Ouattara at the head of her Foundation, but also, as President of the National Oversight Committee in the fight against AIDS. He commended her multisectoral commitments for the well-being of the people. For the latter, in view of all the above, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara is a model for the younger generation. He thus concluded by recommending to the new graduates of the UIGB to take the wife of the head of state for model.

Mrs. Bakayoko Ly Ramata, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, encouraged UIGB to persevere in its quest for excellence in education and training. She underlined that this institution is in line with the vision of the President of the Republic which makes the professional integration of young graduates a major priority. In addition, the Minister of Higher Education welcomed the commitment of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara alongside all the actors involved in education. "... It is quite clear that it is with a well-formed youth that Côte d'Ivoire must build, like its counterparts, its present and invent its future.

That is why, you always accompany, in the discretion, all the actors to fulfill their mission, "she noted. Professor Saliou Touré, President of UIGB, presented his institution to his guests. It was in 2005 that the International University of Grand Bassam opened its doors. According to Minister Saliou Touré, the UIGB is an institution of higher education and scientific research that is inspired by the models and methods of training and management in use in American higher education. The UIGB has 664 students, 44% of whom are girls. The students come from 18 different countries, including 12 members of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Two schools or faculties provide academic training. These include the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the School of Business and Social Science (BSS). In addition to these two schools, the UIGB also has a University preparatory Program which prepares new students in English and Mathematics for their university enrollment and a Center of Continuing Education which provides continuing education of company executives. Ambassador John Hicks, Executive Director of the International University of Grand Bassam Foundation, presented his organization based in the United States and which aims to promote the UIGB. He revealed that to date, more than 200 thousand US dollars have been collected by this foundation for the International University of Grand-Bassam. Mr. Georges Philippe Ezaley, Mayor of the commune of Grand-Bassam thanked the First Lady for her many actions in favor of the Ivorian people. At the end of the graduation ceremony, Minister Saliou Touré offered a splendid picture to the godmother Dominique Ouattara.